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BlackBerry Buying Back Shares as Chen’s Pay Plummets

May 22, 2015 8:07 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the company hopes to offset “dilution that may result from our proposed employee share purchase plan...” 

Lenovo Posts Record Revenues on Strong PC, Smartphone Sales

May 21, 2015 9:52 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

For the year, which has included two quarters of contributions from Motorola), China accounted...

AT&T's Continued Evolution Takes Company Beyond Phones

May 20, 2015 11:01 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

AT&T Inc. is spending $48.5 billion to buy satellite TV provider DirecTV as it looks for new...

Galaxy S6 Edge and G Flex2 Seek to Differentiate

May 20, 2015 10:54 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

For those not satisfied with just a premium phone, Samsung and LG are offering two models best...

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Deezer CEO Talks Upside of Streaming

May 19, 2015 10:14 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

In October, Deezer bought San Francisco podcast aggregator Stitcher, and in January it scooped up the right to serve the 2 million...

AT&T Snuggles Up to Hulu Content

May 13, 2015 2:46 pm | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

As worded in a press release, the partnership appears a bit obtuse, promising a kind of merging of Hulu's content through AT&T's suite of apps, however redundant that functionality may be given Hulu's existing tablet, smartphone and smart TV software.  

Review: iCloud Photos, Flickr Best for Managing Mobile Photos

May 13, 2015 9:46 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Help comes from Yahoo and Apple. Yahoo's Flickr and Apple's iCloud Photo Library will automatically transfer photos and videos to your online account, so you get a backup and more space on your device.

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Verizon’s Stratton: We Would Go Edge Only

May 12, 2015 9:06 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

For the time being, Stratton said Verizon would continue to offer customers the choice between a subsidized contract and an Equipment Installment Plan (EIP), but he also repeatedly stressed...

Uber Navigates Bidding War for Nokia's Maps Division

May 8, 2015 10:57 am | News | Comments

The bidding war is on, as Uber tries to beat out Germany's three biggest auto manufacturers, which are preparing an approximately $2.2 billion bid to buy HERE from Nokia. 

Wearable Maker FitBit Announces $100M IPO

May 8, 2015 9:26 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Started in 2007, FitBit has since sold over 20.8 million devices. According to The NPD Group, the company held the leading position in the U.S. fitness activity tracker market, with a 68 percent share, by dollars, in 2014.

Nintendo Forecasts Turnaround on Smartphone Apps

May 7, 2015 10:58 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nintendo did an about-face recently and said it's entering smartphone games, a segment it brushed off for years as irrelevant, insisting on the appeal of its game machines.

Periscope Jabs Pricey Mayweather Fight with Free Mobile Stream

May 4, 2015 5:21 pm | by 
Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Experts said it isn't likely that someone willing to pay for the fight would instead settle for a lower-quality stream that might get shut down at any time. Given that, the companies behind...

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Inked and irked: Apple Watch Users Report Tattoo Problems

May 4, 2015 9:28 am | by Brandon Bailey, Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Several watch owners complained about the problem on social media this week, even posting videos that show the watch working well on an undecorated wrist, but repeatedly locking or pausing...

Samsung Claws Back Share from Apple to Reclaim Top Spot

April 30, 2015 2:36 pm | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Samsung and Apple were trailed at a distant second and third by Lenovo (5.6 percent) and Huawei (5 percent) respectively. IDC notes that Lenovo's first quarter results includes shipments from its subsidiaries, including the recently acquired Motorola.

Samsung's Profit Dives on Demand for Bigger Phones

April 29, 2015 9:02 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Samsung reported Wednesday that its January-March net profit was 4.63 trillion won ($4.35 billion), compared with 7.49 trillion won a year earlier. That was lower than the...

LG's New G4 Phones Will Sport Leather Backs

April 28, 2015 1:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The G4 phones will have a choice of leather finishes, crafted for a better grip. By contrast, Apple and HTC use metal and Samsung uses glass. LG made a dig at Samsung, without...

T-Mobile Profits Slide as New Subscribers Come at a Premium

April 28, 2015 9:25 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

While T-Mobile's subscriber additions are some of the best in the business right now, the means by which it acquired those new customers pressured profits. 

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Apple Beats Expectations on Record iPhone, App Store Growth

April 27, 2015 4:48 pm | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

CEO Tim Cook said in a press release that Apple continue to court newcomers to its mobile platform. “We’re seeing a higher rate of people switching to iPhone than we’ve...

Microsoft's Nokia Acquisition Floundering

April 27, 2015 10:53 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Microsoft's newly acquired handset division posted revenue of $1.4 billion for the period, with cost of revenue exceeding sales by $4 million. A ComputerWorld report points out that this means the company lost about...

Petition To Enable 911 Texts Tallies 35K Signatures

April 27, 2015 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Barbara Palmer, chief revenue officer for CallFire, said in a statement that there are many situations, from domestic altercations to home invasions, where making a phone call to 911 is not...

Nokia: Reports of New Phones Are False

April 27, 2015 9:23 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

According to a statement on the company's website originally noted by Reuters, Nokia is denying recent reports that it would be making another...  

Samsung Hints at New Wearable as Apple Watch Hits Stores

April 24, 2015 11:16 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

A promotional ad for the next wearable states, "Get Ready for the Next Gear," featuring a picture of a round display, which would be a break from...

Microsoft Beats Expectations with Solid Quarter

April 24, 2015 9:17 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

While overall revenue increased, thanks to sales by the newly acquired Nokia phone business, the company saw a 26 percent drop in Windows licensing revenue for...

Google Investors Gain Confidence on Solid 1Q

April 24, 2015 9:03 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Investors were encouraged by a healthy gain in the number of people looking at Google's ads, even as the average prices for those marketing messages extended a three-and-half year slump. 

Opinion: Nokia Should Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

April 20, 2015 3:57 pm | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | Blogs | Comments

 The markets for networking equipment and smartphones are substantially removed from one another, but Nokia still risks throwing out products that aren't fully realized and in turn tarnishing its good name.  

AT&T, Verizon Leaving Some Microsoft Apps off Galaxy Phones

April 16, 2015 9:51 am | News | Comments

Microsoft announced last month that it would be expanding its push to bring its software and services to Samsung devices, as well as...

EU Charges Google with Antitrust Violations, Probes Android

April 15, 2015 10:09 am | by Raf Casert, Associated Press | News | Comments

The EU can impose fines of 10 percent on annual revenue, or some $6 billion, and force the company to overhaul its system for recommending websites in Europe.

Tuesdays with Roger: Can HTC Finally Get Its Marketing Right?

April 7, 2015 11:49 am | by Alex Shanahan, Ben Munson, Eric Sorenson | Videos | Comments

Android flagship season is upon us and Recon Analytics founder Roger Entner is helping us prepare...                                                                                                       

Samsung Shows Signs of Emerging from Earnings Slump

April 7, 2015 10:42 am | by Youkung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung did not give a breakdown of its financial performance but analysts said robust demand for its mobile chips and improvements in its...

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